I’ve been hoping for some time that a serious person — maybe Charles Lane or William Saletan — would write a “yes, some of the birthers are crazy but if you look at the documents and read Section 8 of the Article 5 of the constitution carefully, you will find that there are legitimate issues blah blah blah” piece. A few months ago, with the interest in the “issue” dying down, I thought perhaps that train had sailed, but maybe there’s one last chance for it. The nut graf of the excerpt in Kay’s post:
Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R) told KFYI he’s not entirely convinced President Obama was really born in the United States and suggested he could be knocked off the state’s presidential ballot.
Said Bennett: “I’m not a birther. I believe the president was born in Hawaii — or at least I hope he was. But my responsibility as secretary of state is to make sure the ballots in Arizona are correct and that those people whose names are on the ballot have met the qualifications for the office they are seeking.”
Somebody at Slate or Kaplan might jump on this, right?